I have a 6 year old daughter who will be starting 1st grade in the fall. We live in Portland, Oregon now, but plan on moving to somewhere around Cleveland in the early summer. My family is all there and we have been planning this move so slowly over several years. I/we haven't settled on an area to live in yet, my family is all on the west side but I am thinking that the east side will have more of what we are looking for as far as school options, and lifestyle options as well. I may be wrong about this and would love some input. I am really confused about this move and the best place for us in Cleveland.
So, about the schools. She is in a montessori kindergarden right now and really likes it. We would like to keep her in montessori or something with a fairly alternative or active learning style. We are also looking for something smaller sized, focus on kindness and awareness both globally and locally. I also want her to be able to stay in the same school until 8th grade. I love the idea of cohorts or mixed aged classes. I think it goes without saying that we want her challenged and the teachers to be invested in the students and school. There is a school here that fits the bill (not that I think we could ever afford it :) )and I would love to find something close to this in Cleveland. Here is the link, if anyone wants to look: http://www.arborschool.org/ . It is just kind of a magical place and the kids seem really happy there and happy to be there. They have a voice and are encouraged to use it.
I think that I hinted above that we are unsure of the best place for us in Cleveland, so if anyone has some ideas or experiences I would greatly appreciate it. We are medium crunchy, pretty used to all the options that Portland has to offer on that front and want to continue that lifestyle. I am worried about rebuilding our community that we are pretty involved in and finding a niche for my daughter. The move will be really hard on her, so I want to make it as easy as possible.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing what people have to say.